Air Force to move from Clark to Subic Bay
MANILA – The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Friday said it plans to move the Philippine Air Force (PAF) out of Clark so more land could be made available for development inside the Freeport.
“The BCDA is eyeing the transfer of the Philippine Air Force in Clark to enable us to utilize more lands for leasing. We plan to implement this during the term of President Benigno Aquino,” Arnel Paciano Casanova, BCDA president and chief executive said in a statement.
Cassanova said the transfer of PAF, particularly the “Air Force City” to Cubi Point in Subic will free up at least 360 hectares of prime land inside the Clark Freeport.
The Air Force City was allocated to the 600th Air Base Wing under an agreement between the BCDA and the Department of National Defense.
BCDA has kicked off the search for someone who could draft the master plan of 36,000 hectares of the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) to develop it into a “green city” patterned after South Korea’s New Songdo international business district.
Casanova said the new master plan for the CSEZ will position Clark as the investment destination in Southeast Asia.
“Clark Green City will be environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, economically competitive, culturally relevant, and technologically integrated,” he said.
He said the project “will generate billions in investments and generate thousands of jobs.” (www.interaksyon.com)